Murray back as Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board chair

Acclaimed to position for another year by fellow trustees

  • Nov. 17, 2016 4:00 p.m.
Mike Murray is back as Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board chair.

Mike Murray is back as Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board chair.

Mike Murray will be Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows school board chair for another year, and Susan Carr the vice-chair.

Both were nominated by their fellow trustees and ran unopposed on Wednesday night.

Murray, the retired community development and parks manager, has been board chair since December 2011.

“Thank you for the vote of confidence,” he said.

Murray offered a summation of the board’s accomplishments over the past year, which included new curriculum implementation and a facilities plan that included initiatives like a middle years International Baccalaureate program at Garibaldi secondary.

He said the school bus issue was one where trustees might “lament” the process, as the service was cut, modified and ultimately completely restored.

“The result of all of that is probably a more efficient busing system,” he said.

He touted the board’s graduation rates as being higher than the provincial average, at 86.7 per cent over 83.9 per cent. It is also higher for aboriginal grads at 72 per cent compared with the provincial average of 63 per cent, and special needs at 69 per cent compared to 65.9 per cent.